The issues surrounding the coronavirus—how long this quarantine will last, how the stock market will impact us, and how to pay bills when we can’t work—not to mention what we’ll do if the toilet paper runs out—pose a real threat. In addition to this, the normal cares of life don’t stop with a worldwide pandemic. Added stress strains relationships that are already experiencing more “together” or “social distancing” time than normal. Yet the Bible says not to fear any of those things (Matt. 6:25-34). But it does tell us to fear something I bet you’re overlooking.Continue Reading
Have you wondered what Jesus would say to us about the coronavirus? My inbox if full of emails from merchants and event planners sharing precautions they’re executing to protect me from this virus.
My daughter, who works in airline reservations, had her shift hours doubled to handle flight cancelations. It doesn’t take a genius to do the math on that one. Pay your employees overtime to cancel your source of revenue! The threat of this virus has shaken our economy and our sense of well-being.
So, what would Jesus say? Several thoughts come to mind. Let’s look at one.Continue Reading
Is it possible or even wise to trust God with problems and disappointments before you see them resolved?
During my senior year of college, as the time approached to launch into adulthood on my own, a restless anxiety began to build in me. When I overheard some sorority sisters talking about going on a ski retreat with a Christian group, I perked up. This group was a bit more radical in their faith than I was, but a ski retreat should be safe. And I needed a dose of inspiration.
The group chartered an old school bus to carry us to Gatlinburg, Tennessee. As soon as we hit the mountain foothills it became obvious the bus was made for the flat lands of coastal Georgia—not the mountains of Tennessee. It began to sputter, stutter, and stop.
The first time we halted, different students involved in this ministry prayed while the bus driver worked outside to repair the bus. Their prayers sounded something like this, Continue Reading
Last week we celebrated the release of Little Faith, Big God with two launch parties. It was so much fun to see old friends and meet new ones. My good friend Lisa Grimes interviewed me as part of the event. She asked me my biggest take-away from writing Little Faith, Big God.
“I can sum that up in one word,” I said. “Grace. Since Little Faith, Big God is based on Hebrews 11—the faith chapter—I thought this book would be all about faith. And while it’s certainly a book on faith, I gained a renewed appreciation for God’s grace. I realized biblical faith is a response to God’s grace.”
As believers we know we are saved by grace through faith, “and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast” (Ephes. 2:8-9 NIV).
Yet, there are times I’ve forgotten this. When I disappointed myself, I felt sure God was put out with me too. Continue Reading